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December 09, 1983 - Image 21

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1983-12-09

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Friday, December 9, 1983 21

Political Activists Warm Up, Candidates Gain Varying Support

When U.S. Senator and
Mrs. John Glenn visited De-
troit on Nov. 29, they had
many hosts at several re-
There was a luncheon for
them at the Renaissance
Club. That's where there
developed another trek in
the direction of political

Hosting that luncheon
were a number of celeb-
rities. They included:

Mandel Berman, Harold
Berry, Linda Binkow,
Maurice Binkow, Richard
Burstien, Samuel Frankel,
Lawrence Jackier, Marvin
Novick, Harold Prowse,
David Pollock, Asher
Rabinowitz, William Ris-
man, Aviva Robinson, Jack
A. Robinson, Norman
Rosenfeld; Walter Shapero,
Herbert Sillman, David
Sparrow, Bruce Thal, Dacia
VanAntwerp, Hon. Richard
Vanderveen, Roger Win-
kelman and Stanley Win-
The luncheon for Senator
and Mrs. Glenn was like an

initialing of campaigns for
other candidates for the
Former Vice President
Walter Mondale gained a
most effective supporter
locally in the person of Paul
Zuckerman, one of the most
prominent American
Jewish leaders. Paul and
Helen Zuckerman will host
a dinner for Mondale on
On the other side of the
political coin is the Republi-
can angle.
Max M. Fisher will soon

be heard from and will
surely be in the limelight,
supporting his party. The
GOP is among his major
loves. He supported
Ronald Reagan back in
1980 and will surely be
among his chief boosters
in 1984.

Fisher is not alone. He
has Gordy Zacks on his side.
Then there is Richard Fox of
Philadelphia who chairs
"Jewish Voters for
Reagan-Bush for `84."-
There is a certainty that the

Syrian Denies His Country's
Role in Marine HQ Bombing

BOSTON (JTA) — Rafic
Jouejati, the Syrian Am-
bassador to the U.S., denied
here any Syrian involve-
ment in the Oct. 23 attack
on U.S. marines in Leba-
"We are not responsible
for the bombing," he said at
a press conference prior to
addressing the World Af-
fairs Council several days
ago. He spoke in a reply to a
question about Defense Sec-
retary Caspar Weinberger's
charge that Syria was re-
sponsible for the attack.
Jouejati said he had not
heard about Weinberger's
remarks, but called the ac-
cusation "very, very grave."
He emphasized that "Syria
has been subject to the same
kind of terrorism in 1979,
1980 and 1981" and there-
fore his country "cannot
mount such an attack."

Jouejati also discussed
his country's position on
the current fighting be-
tween Palestine Libera-
tion Organization fac-
tions in Tripoli, Lebanon.

"From the beginning of
this difference, this faction
of the PLO had grievances
with the decision-making"
in the organization. They
also felt there was "negli-
gence during the Israeli in-
vasion of Lebanon. Syria did
her best to prevail upon (the
PLO) to solve their prob-
lems," Jouejati said.
"We did our best to
encourage the factions to
have a dialogue in the
Palestinian Council which
is democratic. (PLO chair-
man Yasir) Arafat didn't
want it," the envoy said.
He added that it is his
own view that Arafat "has
lost some of his credibility,
perhaps. If he chooses to
stay (in Tripoli) the end will
be tragic. If he leaves, the
Palestinian Council will
elect a new leader."
Jouejati said that Syria
would withdraw its

troops from Lebanon
only "when the sover-
eignty of Lebanon is as-
sured, when the Israelis
withdraw, when the na-
tional government is re-

He noted that his country
wants a "comprehensive
solution in the Middle
East," one that would in-
clude a resolution of the
"Palestinian problem" and
the 'withdrawal from ter-
ritories occupied after the
1967 war." When asked if
the Soviet Union would
have to be a participant, he
replied that it must be re-
membered that "the Soviet
Union is a neighbor to this

He said that according to
United Nations Security
Council Resolution 338
"which America professes to
observe," peace would have
to be worked out "under the
proper auspices. If the
superpowers are competing
in the region," they will
have to be part of a settle-
ment "so that the peace will
not be contested" by one or
the other, Jouejati said.

In addition to the super-
powers and a neutral coun-
try, the settlement would
have to include "all in-
volved parties" in the area,
he added.

Consular Threat?

Israeli government claims
that the U.S. consular offi-
cials in East Jerusalem are
threatening American
Jewish settlers on the West
Bank with loss of their U.S.
According to Newsweek
magazine, the consulate
denies the allegation. The
Israelis are also upset that
the consulate arranges
meetings for visiting U.S.
dignitaries with radical

other candidates also will
have Jewish supporters.
One prominent, politically
active Detroiter commented
that there is the possibility
Jessie Jackson may enroll
some Jewish support and
will modify his previous
anti-Israeli views.
Meanwhile, there will be
advance solicitations of
funds to assist candidates
both for President and the
U.S. Congress.
On the latter score, there
is a bit of humor in the
NYTimes Washington
Briefing Section, Dec. 1:

Table Salt Talks

"Traditionally, the peck-
ing order at diplomatic
dinners is indicated by
where the guest sits in rela-
tion to the salt. Sitting
above the salt, nearer the
host or hostess or distin-
guished guest at the head of
the table, is the place to be.
Below the salt — well, any-
way, the chow still has
French names.
one elegant
dinner at least, the State
Department is abandoning
the salt as a social signpost.

"The occasion is the
department's annual
fund-raising dinner Dec.
1 at the Benjamin
Franklin State Dining
Room in the depart-
ment's Foggy Bottom
headquarters. Most of
the 250 guests, for $1,000
apiece, will be seated by
chance, plucking from a
silver bowl at the door a
piece of paper with a
table and place number.
`This gives each guest an
equal opportunity to be
seated next to a distin-
guished host or hostess,'

Slowdown Hurts
Produce Exports

work slowdown by
longshoremen at Haifa and
Ashdod has caused large
quantities of fresh fruit and
vegetables to spoil on the
At least 1,000 tons of rot-
ting fruit consigned for ex-
port to Europe was dumped
and citrus growers have
stopped harvesting fruit
which has begun to rot on
the trees.
The slowdown tied up
some 24 ships waiting to
load perishable cargoes at
Israel's two largest ports.
The longshoremen are de-
manding a 35 percent in-
crease in incentive pay-
ments to compensate for the
erosion of their wages by in:
flation. They ignored a His-
tadrut back-to-work order.

The Association of
Ocean Shippers, expor-
ters who move their
products to foreign mar-
kets by sea, called on Fi-
nance .Minister Yigal
Cohen-Orgad to inter-

They warned that the
Treasury's efforts to prO-
mote exports would fail if
the slowdown on the docks
continued. Israel is in the
midst of its citrus export

says a card sent out with
the invitation.
"In addition to being an
experiment in dinner-table
democracy, the event is
dedicated to the signing,
200 years ago, of the Treaty
of Paris, which formally
ended the American Revo-
lution. The purpose of the
dinner is to raise money to
renovate the Franklin
room, which, one depart-
ment official said, is now
decorated in 'motel modern,
very austere late 1950s.'
"Tonight those who paid
$1,000 a plate will start
with hors d'oeuvres like
those served at the Court of
Louis XVI, who celebrated
the American Revolution,
but not the French one.

* * *

PAC With a

"A new political action
committee advocating a nu-
clear freeze is to form in
Washington next week, cal-
ling itself Freeze Voter '84.
It promises to be different.

"Normally, political ac-
tion committees give
money to friendly candi-
dates. But rather than
simply giving money,
Freeze Voter '84 is prom-
ising skilled help to win
votes for representatives
and senators who sup-
port 'a joint U.S.-Soviet
freeze on the develop-

ment, testing and de-
ployment of nuclear

" 'We're not like most
PACs,' the committee says
in a letter soliciting sup-
port. 'Our unique strength
is our ability to train skilled
volunteers and move them
into key races. It's our ac-
cess to top-flight political
advisers — pollsters, media
experts, campaign mana-
gers — who have offered to
share their talents with our
"The committee has a list
of representatives it wants
to re-elect next year. In-
cluded are Democrats Peter
H. Kostmayer of Pennsyl-
vania, Bob Carr of Michi-
gan, James McClure Clarke
of North Carolina, Barbara
Boxer of California and
Robert J. Mrazek of Long Is-
land. In the Senate, the
committee will support the
expected campaign in Iowa
of Representative Tom
Harkin, a Democrat,
against Senator Roger W.
Jepsen, a Republican.

* * *


"In Washington, some
typographical errors are
easier to correct than
others. The Senate ap-
proved a bill in July for a
study, under the supervi-
sion of the Library of Con-
gress, of the probable im-

pact technology will have on
books. But one of the
whereases in the bill con-
tained an error, stating that
the library stocked 180 mil-
lion items. It took another
act of the Senate, just before
its recent adjournment, to
make that 80 million.

* * *

Friends in
High Places

"Most Senators think,
they know who puts themit
office. But the Senators•how
have another view to con-
sider, offered by the Rev.
Richard C. Halverson, the
Senate chaplain.
"In a morning prayer re-
cently delivered on the Se-
nate floor, the chaplain
said, in part, 'Lord God,
Sovereign in history, Thy
word is explicit that those
who rule do so by Divine ap-
pointment. We pray that
Thou wilt guide than- as
their campaigns accelerate.
Provide them the finances
necessary for them to do
their best. Do not allow
them to sacrifice wives and
families on the altar of a
political crusade.'
"And, to identify the Ul-
timate Elector, the chaplain
quoted Psalm 75:6,7: 'Pro-
motion cometh neither from
the east, nor from the west,
nor from the south. But God
is the judge: He putteth
down one, and setteth up
another.' "

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